That is the question! Recently, 2 events as I will describe here, have taken place inside Maricopa County...Phoenix Arizona. Officers responded and the strangest and most "interesting" things happened: 1) A man was reported to be walking around in his front yard holding a .357 revolver to his head, threatening suicide. Officers responded. After some verbal exchanges, one officer, a Sergeant with the sheriff's office, stepped forward and directly in front of the man. The man talked for a bit with this officer then he proceeded to try a new approach: Death( suicide?) by cop. He lowered the weapon and pointed it directly at the officers face. The officer knew the weapon was loaded, as he could easily see the rounds in the cylinder. Eventually, the man lowered the weapon and was taken into custody. Not what many would ahve done and I am one to agree that the second that weapon started to raise into my vicinity, the man would no longer be an "issue". Not a good thing, But I would be going home that day! Tough call for some...That officer is a 25 year veteran. He could easily have become a corpse. 2) Officers respond to a call "man with a gun"...and, almost identical themes "play out", but this time we have several officers. One of them is a young lady that is fairly new on the force. (2-3 years) She is armed with an AR. She is only 20 yds from the suspect. The man aims at the officer and demands that he be shot by the cops....(same old same old). Luckily the man backs down. The officers all go home that day. When asked WHY the female officer did NOT shoot, as soon as the man put the gun in the general direction of the officer out in front....She said simply she thought he (bad guy) was holding a cell phone! This is the kind of stuff that gets people killed everyday. Now, I for one do NOT want to see any "trigger happy" officers out there going hog wild and blasting anyone and everyone they "think" might pose a threat. Not me! I could be one of those that gets shot! I certainly applaud the bravery and fortitude of any officer than can end a scenario such as these, so calmly and quietly. No one gets shot or killed, No one. But, what "IF"? I hate to think about that....my oldest son is out there and has had to face situations where he was in immediate danger. Things can go horribly wrong...people are dangerous animals and IF they think they are cornered, they react sometimes in a way that can only be described as insane. Many of those sceanrios are covered again and again in training. They actually do shoot each other in trainnig scenarios with paintball guns.You get to FEEL the results of screwing up. It seems that some do not get the message. That can get others killed.